The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, and Han Changfu, Minister of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China, signed the Joint Framework on Expanding Cooperation Between the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China PDF [164 KB, 2 pages] Word [16 KB, 2 pages] at the China-Australia Joint Agricultural Commission on 12 November 2015.
The signing of the framework marked a commitment to new cooperation initiatives between Australia and China that recognise the unique opportunities presented by the conclusion of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) and reflect an enhanced level of agricultural cooperation between the two countries.
The framework supports enhanced economic integration and cooperation between Australia and China in agriculture aiming to foster increased trade and investment opportunities between the two countries.
The new areas of cooperation will build on the existing Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) and are consistent with the 1984 treaty-level agreement between the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China.
The framework is an important first step in increasing cooperation and collaboration between Australia and China on technical research and regulatory systems to, for example, manage fruit fly, technical exchanges on locust management, strengthening commodity production and market research and establishing priorities for agricultural policy, food security and fisheries management in the region.
The initiatives that the framework underpins will foster collaboration and growth in Australia-China two-way trade benefitting farmers and food producers in both countries.
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